BETWEEN 4 SEPTEMBER AND 10 SEPTEMBER
up, O Lord,
the wills of your faithful people,
that richly bearing the fruit of good works,
we may by you be richly rewarded;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH
word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Come, go down to
the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words."
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at
his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the
potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed
good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do
with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says
the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in
my hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I may declare concerning
a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and
destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken,
turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that
I intended to bring on it. And at another moment I may declare
concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I
will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to
it. Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants
of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil
against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you
from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.
Your works are wonderful, O Lord.
you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down
and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with
all my ways.
there is not a word on my lips, but you, O Lord, know it
press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me.
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot
attain to it. R
you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my
will thank you because I am marvellously made; your works are
wonderful, and I know it well. R
body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and
woven in the depths of the earth.
eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; all of them were
written in your book; they were fashioned day by day, when as yet
there was none of them. R
deep I find your thoughts, O God! how great is the sum of them!
I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. R
PSALM 139:1-5, 12-17
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO PHILEMON
a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon
our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus
our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you
and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When I
remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear
of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord
Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective
when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have
indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because
the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my
brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to
command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on
the basis of love - and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now
also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my
child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my
imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed
useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own
heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might
be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the
gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in
order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something
forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a
while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a
slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother - especially to me
but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. So if
you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me.
If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge
that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I
will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own
self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord!
Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am
writing to you, knowing that you will do more than I say.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO LUKE
large crowds were travelling with Jesus; and he turned and said to
them, "Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and
mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even
life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the
cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you,
intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate
the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise,
when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who
see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to
build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, going out to wage
war against another king, will not sit down first and consider
whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes
against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the
other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the
terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple
if you do not give up all your possessions."
OVER THE GIFTS
and holy God,
accept our offering of labour and love.
May we bring you true and spiritual worship
and be one with you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
your word and sacrament give us food and life.
May we who have shared in holy things
bear fruit to your honour and glory,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.